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UK Bar: Telecommunications 2016

This year 29 practitioners have been identified by our research as the leaders in the field.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Leading Silks
Dinah Rose QC Blackstone Chambers
Kieron Beal QC Blackstone Chambers
Brian Kennelly QC Blackstone Chambers
Jon Turner QC Monckton Chambers
Leading Juniors
Robert Palmer Monckton Chambers
Ben Lynch Fountain Court Chambers
James Segan Blackstone Chambers
Tristan Jones Blackstone Chambers


Blackstone Chambers sees an impressive six silks selected for inclusion. Dinah Rose QC is “a true great” of the bar. She advises on all aspects of telecommunications regulation in the UK, and frequently acts for Ofcom and other communications providers. Clients recommend her for her “close attention to detail while never losing sight of the bigger picture.” The “fantastic” Kieron Beal QC is praised for his “commercial acumen” and “thorough and imaginative approach” to clients’ most difficult problems. Brian Kennelly QC is a “standout barrister” having appeared in many of the recent leading UK telecommunications cases. Brian acts for regulators, operators and consumers, with a particular specialism in the crossover between telecommunications law and competition law. Pushpinder Saini QC has “extensive experience” in the telecoms industry. He is known for his “straight talking and ability to get to the heart of the matter”.  Monica Carss- Frisk QC is joint head of Chambers, and recommended for her “tremendous understanding” of this area of law, and ensuing “high level of practice”. The “technically brilliant” David Pannick QC impresses with his “extensive knowledge” and ability to handle complex issues. Clients comment on his “ability to effectively tailor advice to clients’ needs”.

At Monckton Chambers Jon Turner QC is “one of the finest advocates in telecoms law”. He is praised for having “impressively strong analytical skills” which makes him “a barrister of choice” for many. Tim Ward QC has an “outstanding track record of excellence” with a reputation for being “one of the leading figures in the industry.” The “excellent” Daniel Beard QC is described as “an incredible legal strategist” with a “fantastic work ethic”. Meredith Pickford QC has particular experience in competition and regulatory matters. Praised for being “a consummate professional”, clients warm to his “hands-on and friendly” approach.

Matrix Chambers garners two listings. Rhodri Thompson QC is an “impressive litigator” with a “commanding presence in court”. Alongside him is Antony White QC whose “extensive expertise” and “meticulous approach” and has given him “wide acclaim in the market”.

At Brick Court Chambers Marie Demetriou QC offers “first-rate advice” based on “a wealth of knowledge and experience”.

Alex Charlton QC from 4 Pump Court is known for his “boundless knowledge of the sector” and “clear-sightedness in relation to complex issues”.

From Devereux Chambers Graham Read QC has been described as “a heavyweight” at the bar. His “immense experience” includes having acted for major telecoms operators in a variety of disputes.


Four juniors are recognised from Monckton Chambers. Robert Palmer is the most highly regarded barrister in this chapter, according to our research, reflecting his “excellent work” is this area. With a fantastic reputation in the industry, clients “couldn’t wish for a more skilled advocate”. Anneli Howard is held in high regard for her “phenomenal level of skill” and “versatile thinking”. Josh Holmes is a “creative and knowledgeable barrister”, with the ability to work “exceptionally well with clients”. Stefan Kuppen is praised for his “savvy approach” and “superb technical skill” which allows him to produce “work of the highest quality”.

 Blackstone Chambers sees three juniors listed. James Segan is recommended as an “exceptional practitioner” in the field. Clients praise his “thorough and intelligent approach” and “highly sophisticated solutions” to complex issues. Tristan Jones has “a wealth of industry experience in the telecommunications” sector and is known for his “depth of commercial insight”. The “wonderful” Mark Vinall “continually impresses” with “his willingness to always go the extra mile for clients”.

From Brick Court Chambers, Sarah Love is “a sensational barrister” who “certainly knows her stuff”. Alongside her is the “second to none” Robert O’Donoghue, whose “distinguished practice” includes acting for both private undertaking and sectoral regulators.

Ben Lynch at Fountain Court Chambers is “in a class of his own”. He has been particularly praised by clients and peers for his “direct, clear and effective method of advocacy”.

The “extremely knowledgeable and accessible” Nicholas Gibson at Matrix Chambers “has a particular talent for providing unique insight into difficult legal matters”.

At Serle Court Suzanne Rab is “a certain inclusion”. Described as “responsive, hardworking and practical”, she is recommended for being “an innovative and dedicated practitioner”.

At 4 Pump Court Matthew Lavy has “vast experience and expertise” in technology and telecommunications disputes. He also provides advice in relation to dispute avoidance and non-contentious business contexts.

Juliette Levy from Selborne Chambers is “highly experienced” in the regulatory and commercial aspects of the telecommunications industry.  Her “eminent practice” comprises acting for “a wide range of clients” from network operators to content providers and infrastructure, communications and media services companies.

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